Dust off your hat and boots – it’s Fair Time in the North Thompson!

The award winning North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo will be celebrating its 66th year this Labour Day weekend of Sept 5 -7 in Barriere. B.C. There is already a lot of excitement going on regarding what’s known as “the best old time country fair anywhere”.

“Our members work very hard to present the kind of fair that will give all age groups a day of fun, entertainment, and a chance to learn how agriculture contributes to our daily lives,” says NTFFRA president Jill Hayward, “We believe this year’s event will deliver just that, and more.”

The big parade will travel through Barriere on Saturday, culminating in the rodeo arena, where opening ceremonies will take place and then be followed by three days of BCRA fast paced rodeo action.

“Stand up and cheer” will be the order of the afternoons as pony chariot and chuckwagon racing will tear up the track during the rodeo performances.

An outdoor stage has a full line-up of country and western music with Gordie West, Butch Falk, Rob Dinwoodie and Hugh McLennan, renowned magician Clinton W. Gray, and Uncle Chris the Clown, with many surprise cameo appearances by local talent.

Favourites this year will be the Friday night family dance (all ages – no alcohol), the traditional cabaret dance on Saturday night, and the Sunday evening Cowboy Concert, all in the fall fair hall.

Livestock shows, 4H competitions and Light Horse events will run throughout the weekend as will the Heavy Horse competitions where gentle giants show just how much “pull” they have.

The crowd-pleasing lawn tractor races will have the dust flying, and kids and families can enjoy the opportunity to play on the bouncy castles, super slide, climbing wall, mechanical bull, junior train and more. There are oodles of interesting displays to enjoy while gaining useful knowledge about agriculture and where our food comes from.

The North Thompson Agriplex conference hall, which will also be featuring a full house of commercial vendors and displays, will provide information regarding good environmental choices and agriculture in our valley.

Games, commercial exhibits, concessions, and the exhibit hall can easily supply an afternoon of entertainment while you learn about the heritage, history and culture of the North Thompson Valley.

Visitors can sit in the shade of the companion garden, pat a pony, enjoy an ice cream, participate in a free workshop or meet a 4-H family.

“For three days folks will be able to fully experience the sights, sounds, smells and nostalgia of a real country fair,” says Hayward, “You can get back to nature’s bounty at the companion garden, sing along with great musicians, learn about valley heritage, visit with friends, and even feel the wind in your hair as the pony chariots or chuckwagons thunder past. We’re inviting everyone to come to the fair!”

For more information go to http://www.fallfair-rodeo.com.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
2015 NORTH THOMPSON FALL FAIR & RODEO

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

10:00 am – 8:00 pm Exhibitor/Livestock Entries allowed on Fair grounds and in Exhibitor Hall.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

9:00 am – 8:00 pm Exhibitor/Livestock Entries allowed on Fair grounds and in Exhibitor Hall.

4:00 pm Rodeo Slack – Rodeo Arena (no charge to the public)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sheep Weigh-in (Agriplex Sheep Ring)

7:00 pm Family Dance with Gordie West – Fall Fair Hall (no alcohol) minors welcome. $10 adults, 10 & under free.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

7:30 am – 8:30 am Exhibitor/Livestock Entries allowed on Fair grounds and in Exhibitor Hall.

7:00 am – 9:00 am Heavy Horse Weigh-in at NTFF Grounds

7:00 am – 10:00 am Lions Pancake Breakfast (beside the Bingo Hall)

8:30 am All Exhibitor Hall exhibits must be in place for judging. NO EXCEPTIONS.

9:00 am Exhibit Hall closes for judging – Hall Closed till 1:00 pm

9:00 am Western Dressage – Light Horse Arena

9:30 am Parade participants to assemble at the Station House Restaurant, Station Road, Airfield Road area for judging

9:30 am Beef, in Agriplex; Poultry and Rabbits in Barns

10:00 am Rabbit Showing & Fitting and Judging Classes in the Rabbit Hutch

10:00 am Goat Show, at the Goat barn east of Exhibit Hall.

10:45 am Lawn Tractor Races in the Rodeo Arena

11:00 am Parade moves out from Station House Restaurant

12:00 pm Parade arrives at Fall Fair Grounds

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm BINGO in the building next the Fall Fair Hall

12:30 – 1:30 pm Horsemanship Demo at the Light Horse Arena

12:00 noon – 6:00 pm Entertainment at Interior Savings Outdoor Stage

1:00 pm Official Fall Fair Opening in the Rodeo Arena

1:00 pm Exhibit Hall is open to the public

1:00 pm Gymkhana at the Light Horse Arena

1:00 pm 4-H & Pre-Club Sheep Showmanship Classes in the Agriplex

1:30 pm First performance of the B.C.R.A. Rodeo

1:30 pm Weigh-In Beef Steers/Heifers (Agriplex)

2:00 pm Cart Classes – Light Horse Arena (time approximate)

3:00 pm Pony Chariot Races during Rodeo intermission (time approximate)

3:00 pm Sheep – 4-H, Pre-Club & Open Female & Ram Classes to follow Showmanship Classes (Agriplex Sheep Ring)

6:00 pm Pony Chuck wagon Races to follow Rodeo (time approximate)

6:00 pm Heavy Horse Pull #1 in the Rodeo Arena following the Chuck wagon Races

8:00 pm Buildings close

8:00 pm – 1:00 am Cabaret Dance at the Fall Fair Hall (No Minors), advance tickets are available 10 days prior to dance at Barriere Country Feeds. Additional tickets will be available the morning of the dance at the Treasurer’s Office in the Agriplex. No tickets available at the door.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

7:00 – 10:00 am Lions Pancake Breakfast (beside the Bingo Hall)

9:00 am All Buildings Open

9:00 am Single Skid; Team Skid – Rodeo Arena

9:00 am General Performance Horse Show – Light Horse Arena

10:00 am Rabbit and Cavy Classes – Rabbit Hutch

10:00 am Cowboy Church Interior Savings Outdoor Stage10:00 am
4-H & Open Rabbit Classes in Rabbit Hutch

10:00 am Goat – Open Goat Show

11:00 am Showing of 4-H Beef and Open Classes in Agriplex

11:30 am Lawn Tractor Races in the Rodeo Arena

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm BINGO in the building next the Fall Fair Hall

12:00 noon – 6:00 pm Entertainment at Interior Savings Outdoor Stage

12:00 pm Sheep – 4H, Pre-club & Open Weight Classes with Championship Classes to follow – in the Agriplex – “Sheep Zone”.

1:30 pm B.C.R.A. Rodeo

1:30 pm Halter Classes – Mare; Gelding;– at Draft Horse Infield
** Classes may be split into Heavy and Light Draft.

3:30 pm Pony Chariot Races during Rodeo intermission (time approximate)

5:00 pm Best Dressed Animals – Judging – in the Agriplex

5:30 pm Pony Chuck-wagons after Rodeo ends (time approximate)

6:00 pm Heavy Horse Pull #2 following Rodeo (time approximate)

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Cowboy Concert at Fall Fair Hall – tickets available at the Information Booth or at the door.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

7:00 – 10:00 am Lions Pancake Breakfast (beside the Bingo Hall)

9:00 am Family Parade assembles at Barriere Secondary School

9:00 am Gymkhana starts in Light Horse Arena

9:00 am All Buildings Open

10:00 am Family Parade leaves Barriere Secondary School for Fall Fair Grounds

10:00 am Sheep Trim & Fit in the Agriplex – “Sheep Zone”

10:15 am Team Driving; Junior Driving – Rodeo Arena
** AWARDS TO FOLLOW – Draft Horse Infield

11:00 am – 5:00 pm Entertainment at Interior Savings Outdoor Stage

11:30 am Lawn Tractor Races in the Rodeo Arena

12:00 Adult Amateur Sheep Showman (Agriplex Beef Ring) sheep will be supplied

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm BINGO in the building next the Fall Fair Hall

1:00 pm Sheep Games & “Dress-Up” (Agriplex Sheep Ring)

1:30 pm B.C.R.A. Rodeo

2:00 pm Goat Fun Day

3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Trophy Presentations

3:00 pm Pony Chariot Races during Rodeo intermission (time approximate)

4:00 pm Exhibit Hall closes to the public

4:30 pm Exhibitors can pick-up their exhibits from Exhibit Hall

5:30 pm Chuck wagon Races after Rodeo ends (time approximate)

*** AMUSEMENTS OPEN 9:30 AM TO 5:30 PM DAILY ***

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